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20 May 2012 - Mike Wright

Following a win in their opening outing against Flimwell, the SVCC U13s arrived at an overcast Cowdrey ground hoping to follow suit. Although a touch green, the pitch was well prepared considering the recent wet weather and combined with the cloud overhead, skipper James Bevan-Thomas saw enough in it for his bowlers to put Cowdrey into bat after winning the toss.

Opening up the bowling was Charlie Oster and Oliver Seth, SVCC made a tidy start and it wasn’t long before the pressure of some tight bowling from Oster led to the first breakthrough. Some indecisive running was pounced upon by Arthur Sackville-West at backwards point who combined with keeper Connor Wright to run out the Cowdrey opener who was a good yard away from making his ground.

After a slowish start, put down largely to decent spells from Tom Prout and James Bevan-Thomas the Cowdrey batsmen started playing their shots and at the halfway stage had put 75-3 on the board.

Taking over the bowling duties, left arm spinner Andrew Reid Dick got into his rhythm getting the ball to turn away from the right handers and being rewarded with two wickets for his efforts. Oster bowled well when returning for his remaining overs and Cowdrey reached 134-6 at the end of their 22 overs, a competitive total.

Needing 6 an over but confident that the pitch would play true, openers James Bevan-Thomas and Arthur Sackville-West led the line up for the SVCC chase. After a slow but solid start Arthur Sackville-West fell to a good delivery and Charlie Oster took to the crease, immediately displaying his attacking intentions with a number of boundaries. Some good straight hitting from both batsmen saw the run rate increase and by drinks SVCC were in a good position to mount a good challenge.

The Cowdrey bowlers remained disciplined in the second half of the innings, supported by their fielders who held their catches well. After the fall of Bevan Thomas (41) and Oster (23) and a couple of quick wickets, Andrew Reid Dick took to the field and played well for his 16 NO. Unfortunately for SVCC the Cowdrey bowlers gave little in the way of bad balls and made it hard to get the ball away on what remained a slow outfield throughout. Needing five boundaries in the final over to win, 134 proved too much of an ask as the and the SVCC were left short. As always the score book tells it all and including an individual 50 from one of their top order, the Cowdrey batsmen scored 106 between them in comparison to SVCC’s 108. In the end it was extras that made the difference and it was the discipline of the Cowdrey bowlers which won them the game; their first no-ball being bowled in the 22nd over.

All in all though a lot of positives to be taken away from the game with some good individual performances and an impressive all round effort in the field. As always at the start of the season, discipline and consistency is key when bowling, and I have no doubt that that will improve as the season goes on. Pick of the batsmen was James Bevan-Thomas who played a good captain’s innings. Charlie Oster’s attacking cameo was also particularly impressive. Andrew Reid Dick’s 2-19 off his 4 overs made him the pick of the bowlers.

Good effort today guys, thanks to the parents who braved the blustery conditions to come and support. Let’s hope the weather improves and there’s plenty more cricket to be played this summer!